Happy Birthday 8 Year Old


Dear Lillian,

It is finally your birthday! You have been oh so excited to turn 8 years old. Just last night you were talking about how you would turn 9 after next year.  You love to look ahead and move on to the next thing. You are my: What’s going on today- girl, who’s coming over -girl, what’s is the plan -girl! You are a planner at heart!

You have grown so much this year, not only in height but in maturity. You tried paddle boarding and kayaking this summer and loved it!  You have an extraordinary love for your sister Amelia.  You love to hold, walk, sing and love on her.  You are taking in this new baby thing in great strides.

This year you have learned how to read silently. This is something that she has wanted to do since Kindergarten.  You have already finished a couple of little chapter books.  In addition to all the audio books that you listen to there is a lot of language going in through your head right now.

Dad and I have watched you transition from a little girl to a grown up young lady.  Wherever you are you always love to hang out with the oldest girl around. That might be your aunt or a friend in a new family we are having for dinner.  This summer you helped with our Mobile VBS and helped pass out bibles, paint fingernails, and talk to kids.  You love Jesus and want to others to know him too!

We love you so much 8 year old!


Mom and Dad


8 Years and 1 Day


I heard on the radio the other day, ” That someone that loves you at 6 a.m. in the morning-without all the makeup, primping, and fuss- really loves who you are and all you are.” 6 a.m. love is the reality of love in marriage (although Chris is often gone way before the six o’clock hour)..  It got me thinking about all the other kind of things that in 8 years of life Loves you through situations…. (here is what I came up with)

8 years of life- loves you through…

– a California Queen bed that always seems to have extra little ones sleeping around you in the morning

– allowing me to stay at home and school our kids

– constantly helps me with computer projects for MOPS, School and whenever I can’t make it do what I want

– about 15-20 weeks of  -lay on your back, throwing up, all day sickness- with each pregnancy 

– being on the same page as a parent. Taking the time now to train our children in the way they should go

– encouraging texts through the day and also texts that say ,” Please let the chickens out.”

– moving the family from the city to the country knowing that this is going to be the best for our family.

– always being willing to talk me through a situation that seems bleak, frustrating or hard.

– loving God first

-being the “process” in my “brute force moments”

– my favorite quote by Julia Child , “you are the bread to my butter and the breath to my life!

Happy 8 Years and 1 Day!

I love you!